Eating And Drinking In Style At The Style Capital, Milan
Milan is one of the most fashionable cities in the world. Make the most of your visit by stopping by its style institutions.
Fashion and design weeks in Milan are the times when the city truly comes to life. The streets become the runways as the fashion elite descend upon the cobblestone roads and shuffle through the shows, looking nothing short of a Pinterest mood board. Here is our guide to enjoying the city like a fashion editor with Milanese flair.
Ristorante da Oscar
Address: Via L. Palazzi 4, 20124, Milano
This little and extremely busy restaurant prepares one of the best spaghetti carbonara and risotto ai frutti di mare in town. Word for the wise, call in advance and book a table or be prepared to have dinner at 10 p.m.
Address: Via Carlo Farini 8, 20154, Milano
An unassuming restaurant in the quieter side of town dishes out one of the best Milanese specialities: cotoletta. This baseball-glove-sized veal cutlet is a local favorite, and they do it perfectly, with a generous serving of fresh pomodoro.
A Santa Lucia Restaurant
Address: Via S. Pietro All’Orto 3, 20121, Milano
The historic restaurant and the first pizzeria to open in Milan in 1929, is close to Piazza Duomo en route to San Babila. The restaurant first introduced Neopolitan-style cuisine in Milan, and has since had a following of locals and tourists alike. Enjoy their antipasti buffet and choose amongst their specialties with classic recipes that have made them a pioneer.
Address: Via Gaetano de Castillia 28, 20124, Milano
Much like their location in Porta Nuova, Ratana embodies the future of Italian cuisine as their seasonal menu takes on modernizing Lombardy cuisine with their philosophy of slow food. When they are in season, try their local specialties, risotto Milanese and osso buco.
Carlo e Camilla
Address: Via Giuseppe Meda 24, 20141, Milano
Located in an old sawmill, Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco's new concept features modern food with a changing menu every three months. The industrial space is a creative haven for an array of experimental cocktails, and the unexpected cuisine creates one truly unique communal dining experience.
The Botanical Club
Address: Via Pastrengo 11, 20159, Milano, via Tortona 33, 20144 Milano, via Salutati 17, 20144 Italy
The first Italian small-batch gin distillery is one of the pioneers of the new wave of food in the city. More than just a watering hole, The Botanical Club has two restaurants and one cocktail bar around the city with each branch boasting a different seasonal menu.
Address: Via Solferino 33, 20121, Milano
The combination of pizza and cocktails has never been this chic until Dry. With its contemporary take on an Italian essential, it has modernized pizzas, perfect for a cocktail bar with unashamed mixologists willing to experiment and play.
Address: Via San Marco 29, 20121, Milano
Popular for its small plates, this restaurant is popular amongs the locals for an easy dinner post-aperitivo. Enjoy your selection with a bottle of wine or match it with one of their specialty cocktails. Insider tip: snoop around and find the closet that leads you into their speakeasy.
Address: Via Ceresio 7, 20154, Milano
Snag a cabana by their pool-side bar and enjoy an aerial view of the city at night. The elegant atmosphere is best enjoyed with one of their cocktails, inspired by traditional American recipes with an Italian twist.
Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese 43, 20143, Milano
A cozy bar along the Da Vinci designed Navigli canals, Mag offers a unique list of cocktails to try, all of which are named after great characters in fiction. A browse through their menu feels like a catalogue of bedtime stories, but be warned, this bar gets busy as the night progresses.
Ugo Cocktail bar and bistrot
Address: Via Corsico 12, 20144, Milano
Styled like an old English country home, this bar has walls lined with vintage bottles and photographs. It has an extensive cocktail list, and bar chow that is more posh than pub. Drink like a local and enjoy the nightlife of the canals.
Address: Via Giovenale 7, 20136, Milano
Off the beaten road, this hidden gem is a great find within the city. With funky interiors and sprawling space, it’s a perfect hideaway for a happy hour or some weekend brunch.
Address: Via Paolo Sarpi 8, 20154, Milano
A hipster joint in the very gentrified Chinatown, this place transitions through the day with their open-faced sandwiches served in Instagram-ready flat lays. Enjoy the evening with their very own beer brew, or enjoy the brunch menu on the weekends.